What does it take to eat a well balanced meal?

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MOLINE- Good Morning Quad Cities' Agriculture in the Classroom continued Wednesday, May 30, and Rock Island County Farm Bureau Manager DeAnne Bloomberg showed us how to eat a well-balanced meal involving: protein, dairy, fruit, vegetables, and grain.

Bloomberg sourced Agintheclassroom.org, a place where kids can learn about agriculture. People are advised to:

  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Eat every 3-4 hours to give your body consistent
  • Drink at least six, 8-ounce glasses of water a day
  • Eat at least 2 to 2 ½ cups of vegetables a day
  • Eat at least 1 ½ cups of fruit a day
  • Get enough calcium (at least 3 cups of milk or
    another calcium-rich food ) every day
  • Eat at least 5 ounce equivalents of meat,
    beans, fish or nuts a day
  • Eat at least 5 to 6 ounce equivalents of grain
    every day

May is also National Beef Month. According to the website, the beef industry is made up of "more than 1 million farms, ranches and businesses in the United States. Today, the production of beef involves ranchers, farmers, feed lot operators, meat packers and processors, truckers, and retailers. All of these people help to bring beef to us."

Agintheclassroom.org goes on to say total beef production in the United States is "close to 26 billion pounds. Each person consumes about 61 pounds of beef each year. The breeds of cattle used today have been cross-bred for uniform and desirable characteristics. The ratio of fat to muscle, the animal’s resistance to disease, and improved growth rate are characteristics that farmers have worked to improve in beef cattle."

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